David Kim (violinist)

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David Kim
Born 24 May 1963
Carbondale, Illinois
Genres Classical
Occupation(s) violinist, concertmaster, pedagogue
Instruments violin
Website http://www.davidkimviolin.com/

David Kim (born 24 May 1963)[1] is a violinist born in Carbondale, Illinois[2] and was the only American to win a prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1986, where he got sixth prize.[3] Since 1999, he has been the concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Kim is an active musician, performing with orchestras in Dallas, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, Korea, and Moscow.

Kim resides in a Philadelphia suburb with his wife and two daughters.[2] He also serves on the Advisory Board of the San Jose Youth Symphony.

The instrument Kim uses is a c. 1757 J.B. Guadagnini made in Milan, Italy. It is on loan from the Philadelphia Orchestra.


Kim's studies of violin started at three. He started studying with Dorothy DeLay at eight.


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